The company had a policy which provided 16 weeks of Parental Leave to the parent of a new child. However, the parent had to be the “primary caregiver” in order to qualify. The policy was administered with a presumption that the mother was the primary caregiver.

A male employee who was denied the leave filed a complaint with the EEOC alleging that the policy discriminated on the basis of sex. The settlement will be shared with other males who work for the company and were unable to take the leave.

The bottom line is the Parental Leave policies should treat male and female employees equally.  Full Bloomberg article here.

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